MALARIA INJECTIONS FOR NEUROSYPHILIS

WEIRDEST AND CRAZIEST PSYCHOTHERAPIES...TREPANNING

1.Trepanning

Patients were subjected to this practice if they were thought to be evil.  It was the practice of drilling a series of holes into a patient’s skull, to release all their “evils.”  Scary stuff!  This practice was used in prehistoric times.

HYDROTHERAPY FOR THE SEDATION OF PATIENTS

2. Hydrotherapy

No, it’s not the nice relaxing hydrotherapy of today.  This “therapy” was used in the 1800’s and 1900’s. The patient was strapped into a bathtub and violent, fierce jets where turned on. This was said to sedate the patient. 

 

INSULIN SHOCK THERAPY

3. Insulin Shock Therapy

Doctor Manfred, Sakel introduced this procedure in the  early 1920’s.  Patients who suffered from Schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses were injected with extremely high doses of Insulin to induce coma. He believe that once they emerged from the coma they were cured.  More like lucky to be alive! 

 

LOBOTOMY

4. Lobotomy

Lobotomy procedures where actually performed up until the mid 1980’s and were believed to cure chronic illness and severe mental disorder. The procedure involved using a sharp instrument to stab above each eye and move back-and-forth to severe the nerves that connected the two hemispheres of the brain.  No, thanks! For a fascinating history of loboomy

STERILIZATION FOR EXCESSIVE MASTURBATION

5. Sterilization

Austrian physician Julius Wagner-Jauregg was known to sterilize patients who he believed had developed schizophrenia because of excessive masturbation. Wow!

Malaria injections for neurosyphillis

6. Malaria Injections

Patients with Neurosyphilis were injected with the Malaria. It  raised their temperature to extremes and in turn killed the Syphilis virus. Simply ridiculous!

 

Organ removal for bacterial infections

7. Organ Removal

In the early 20th century a psychiatrist names Henry Cotton believed that mental disorders were caused by bacteria inside the body. He removed entire organs that were infected by madness. Needless to say, he had very few survivors.  Crazy, mad man!

Restraint in a utica crib

8. Restraint In Utica Cribs

The Utica crib was a cage the size of a coffin where patients were placed until they were calm  and sedate.

Camarillo Mental Hospital treatment for depression

n Camarillo Mental Hospital overcrowding led to patients being lined up to sleep sitting up. Alternately, some believed that sleep deprivation helped in the treatment of depression.

 

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